Queer Lisboa 23 will be attended by a significant number of guests, including filmmakers, producers and other film industry professionals.
Aude Chevalier-Beaumel and Marcelo Barbosa arrive from Brazil with their very powerful documentary Indianara, which opens this year's Festival, also counting with the presence of the film's participant Biancka Fernandes. Also from Brazil, and part of the Feature Film Competition, Queer Lisboa 23 will welcome Ceará-born filmmaker Armando Praça, to present Greta.
In the Documentary Competition, from Argentina, we will host Marilina Giménez and Florencia Vogliano, director and assistant director, respectively, of Una Banda de Chicas. The film's distributor, María Vera, will also be present with this and another documentary participating in the competition: El Silencio Es un Cuerpo que Cae, directed by Agustina Comedi. And Shaked Goren will present My War Hero Uncle.
Within the Queer Art Competition, British director Richard Squires will visit us, with Doozy, so as Spanish filmmaker Armand Rovira, who will present Letters to Paul Morrissey. This section will also be attended by actor Mauro Soares, one of the protagonists of Sol Alegria, directed by Tavinho Teixeira and Mariah Teixeira.
In the Short Film Competition, Queer Lisboa 23 will welcome several international guests: Bernardo Zanotta, competing with Heart of Hunger; Diego Paulino, and his producer Victor Casé, with NEGRUM3; Pol Merchan with Pirate Boys; Andrés Baron with Printed Sunset; so as Japanese filmmaker Tsuyoshi Soji who will present Old Narcissus, and Vietnamese filmmaker Viet Vu with his Ant-Man.
From the European School Film Competition "In My Shorts", the festival will be attended by German director Zara Zandieh (The Sea Runs thru My Veins) and London-based Portuguese filmmaker David Leal, to present his short film You Are a Letter, Written Not with Ink, but with the Spirit.
Other Portuguese guests will also be at Cinema São Jorge, with films out of competition: Vicente Alves do Ó presents the National Preview of his feature Golpe de Sol, and Cláudia Varejão and Salomé Lamas will participate as curator and director, respectively, in the special program Agência 20 Years.
Marion Scemama and François Pain arrive from Paris with their magnificent documentary Self-Portrait in 23 Rounds: A Chapter in David Wojnarowicz's Life, 1989-1991, which opens the Berlinale Panorama 40 Cycle at the Portuguese Cinematheque.
Lastly, two other guests from Brazil, Carol Fernandes and André Medeiros Martins. Carol will talk about her short film Marie, Eu te Vejo (a part of the Bodies Desire Landscapes program), and André will present his feature Alfredo Não Gosta de Despedidas, in the Hard Nights.
The full guest list can be found here.